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    Hawk vs Owl MO

    Hi all, I'm trying to tease out any info on what aerial predator took my beloved Dark Brahma today. I'm thinking it was either an owl or a hawk. Her name was Feather Feet and she was a big, healthy girl, weighing in at around 9 lbs. She was missing when we returned home from work, around 3pm...
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    Poultry netting to separate new girls from old?

    Hi all, I am in the process of slowly integrating my 6.5-week-old mixed-breed chicks with my older flock of 7 mixed-breed, free-range hens; 3 of them are 2 years old, the other 4 are just about a year old. Right now I have the pullets in a small dog crate inside of the run ("look but don't...
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    Ripped off claw nail - how to stop the bleeding???

    Good day everyone! Although this medical emergency isn't as serious as other postings, I am still seeking advice. My 21-month old white leghorn, Gertie, decided to have her first medical emergency, today of all days, during the polar vortex (it's -6 degrees F, -31 degrees F with the wind chill...
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    Near miss by juvenile hawk, pullet in possible shock?

    Hi all, My 14-week old Ancona pullet, Nanny, was out free ranging and apparently became separated from her flockmates - four sisters of same age and three older hens. She just barely escaped a ground attack by a juvenile hawk. My husband happened to be looking out the kitchen window and saw the...
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    Golf ball sized lump in abdomen

    Hi all, My Welsummer, Chipper, hasn't been eating very well lately and I've also noticed her walking around much slower, far back behind her sisters. Chip also hasn't been able to get up onto the lowest roost, which is only about 18" off the floor, and she has been sleeping on the floor for the...
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    Cochin missing leg feathers

    Hi everyone, I have a 9-1/2 week old Blue Cochin who is one of five mixed-breed pullets that I picked up as day olds. They were integrated into the hen house/yard about 3 weeks ago where four other 16 month old (mixed breeds) hens live. Today when we returned home from work, Baby Blue was...
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    Gone broody for 2nd time in a month?

    Hi everyone, My Barred Rock, Lacey, has gone broody for a second time in a month. Is this normal? For her first go around, I just let her ride it out. After what seemed to be over a month, Lacey began to lay again. About 2-1/2 weeks ago I brought out five 7- week old pullets (all different...
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    3-1/2 week old chick ate bit of plastic

    Hi everyone! My 3-1/2 week old Blue Cochin just ate a very small, roughly 1/4" long, skinny shaving of plastic. She swallowed it when I picked her up to retrieve it. I fed them all chick grit for the first time right after she ate it, hoping this will aid in digesting it. Is there anything else...
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    Barred Rock gone broody and picked on???

    Hi ya'll! Something is going on with Lacey, my Barred Rock. Right now I have a flock of four hens, all raised together from day one; they are approximately 13-14 months. Over the past few days I've noticed Lacey has been spending more and more time in the nesting box, sitting on two other eggs...
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    13 month old Welsummer laying rubber eggs, now acting egg bound?

    Hi everyone! My 13-month-old Welsummer has been laying rubber eggs for most of her laying life. I can count on one hand the number of normal eggs she has laid. She has been otherwise fine and normal acting, no obvious problems. I offer a bowl of oyster shell in addition to their layer feed...
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    I think I have been overfeeding my hens?

    Good day everyone, I hope I am not starting a redundant thread but I searched and couldn't find the info I am seeking. I am looking for advice on feeding my hens. I have recently lost two of my girls, one yesterday who died in my arms, and another one about a month ago who I found in the...
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    Acute death of otherwise healthy hen

    Hello all, I just lost my New Hampshire Red, Lucy. All seemed well today, she was out free ranging with her sisters. We went out for a couple of hours for dinner. When we returned home, i checked on the girls and Lucy wasn't with her sisters. I found her next to the shed. She was trembling...
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    Bag Balm: when to apply for winter protection?

    Hi all! I know that ventilation/frost bite is an ageless topic but I couldn't find the direct information that I am seeking via searching the BYC forum. Unfortunately a few of my hens that were labeled as "cold hardy" by the hatchery have larger single combs and I am worried about frost bite...
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    Chair by the Chicken Coop Club

    Hi everyone! I was chatting with a couple of other folks on another thread about having a chair by the chicken coop and how our neighbors tease us. So I am curious: how many other BYC members also have seating by their coops? If ya got a pic, please post it! Any responders to this thread...
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    Jumbo sized eggs overnight??? Is this normal???

    Hi everyone! I've posted a pic below this post of the eggs that were laid yesterday, two of which are HUGE! I've never seen any this big before, even at the grocery. The jumbo white egg came from Gertie, my Leghorn and the other large brown egg I'm pretty sure came from Lucy, my New Hampshire...
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    Floppy comb one day, sticking up the next day

    Hi everyone! I'm relatively new to the world of chickens and I just have to inquire about their combs that are flopped over one day, standing up the next day is this normal? I have been reading other threads where the appearance of the comb can be an indicator of health issues. I have a white...
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    What killed my Buff Brahma???

    Hello everyone! I am a new member to this forum and new to raising chickens since April, 2017. I haven't had any issues with my girls until yesterday...something killed my beloved Feather Feet (her name wasn't very original, I know). This was a daytime attack. We have ~ 1.75 acres fenced in...
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    New to chickens as of Easter, 2017

    Hi everyone! I am new to this forum, which I stumbled across when doing an internet search on raising chickens. I joined so that I could obtain more information about chickens, learn from others about raising backyard chickens and to chit chat with other folks who love their girls as much as I...
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